Review: Torrid (Sordid #2) by Nikki Sloane

Goodreads Synopsis:

Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.

I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge.

Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.

If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?


Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for and honest review

So I must have been living under a rock because this is my first time reading anything by Nikki Sloane. I also had no idea about Sordid being banned from Amazon when I went looking for it. Well lucky for you if you buy Torrid now you can get a copy, I did not do that since this is an ARC so I have read this as a stand alone. It does not seem like we are missing any information as we began the story probably because Sloane is aware most of us have been unable to get our hands on the first book in the series, but I for one am going to hunt it down! Sloane does an amazing job of bring the Chicago crime scene down to a level that we lowly commoners are able to understand.

Torrid focuses on Vasilije and Oksana who are both the black sheep of their warring crime families. Oksana is sent to infiltrate the Markovic in order to give her father the upper hand in the city, but she has other plans and she is going to need Vasilije help to do it! Vasilije hates his Uncle, the now head of the Markovic family, but he is bidding his time until he can be rid of him for good. These two are unaware of how they will be able to help each other with their problems when they meet. Vasilije and Oksana both refuse to “love” anyone but their twisted feelings and outlook on life shows them that they have more in common than they know. This story is about how these two fell in love while bring their enemies down in the process.

Sloane has written such a sick and twisted story that we are rendered speechless at the end. Oksana and Vasilije relationship, though severely dysfunctional, is perfect for the two of them and helps them both heal in a way no one else could. Their desire for blood and destruction creates a bond between these two perfectly. We can not help but feel a pull toward these two and are instantly rooting for them to succeed. Sloane ensures that while we are focusing on the love story between the two main characters, the secondary plot of the mafia runs smoothly parallel providing additional interest to the story. We never know what is going to happen next and are left guessing almost until the end of the story.

I loved this novel! I have read it as a stand alone so I do not foresee a problem to do so. I would liked to have had a glossary of sorts so I could translate some of the foreign words but that is not a must. All in all I am going to scream from the roof tops as to how good this book is! I can not wait for more books in this series to be released!


Until next time,



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